Japanese Name: サッポロ 磨きケルシュ
Release: Aug. 4, 2015
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥238 @Lawson
Sapporo’s newest conbini limited brew is Migaki Kölsch. Made with wheat and barley malt and hops, it is brewed in the Kölsch style of Cologne, Germany. Sapporo states they enhance the flavor by separating the shell from the grain. This is the first time I’ve encountered a Kölsch beer, so let’s see what it’s all about.
Migaki Kölsch pours out a very light straw in the glass. The first gulp is very clean and crisp, with a decent amount of malt and hop. It stay light, yet has some a nice depth letting you know you’re drinking real malt. In the background, hints of honey and citrus notes lead to a perfect amount of bitterness to finish.
The bottom line is that Migaki Kölsch is the perfect beer for summer, and one of my favorites to come to market this season. It doesn’t mess around with any fancy roasting, staying true to the lager scene. This one is pure refreshment in a glass. As a conbini only release, its only drawback is price. However, if you want to splurge on one or two cans, Migaki Kölsch is the one.